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30 Dec 1942
  • Jules Bastin was named the commanding officer of Belgian Legion. ww2dbase [Jules Bastin | CPC]
  • 6 Japanese fighters intercepted an air convoy from China to Lashio, Burma; one Japanese fighter was shot down by the escorting P-40 fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Escort carriers USS Nassau and USS Altamaha escorted by cruisers USS St. Louis and HMS Achilles with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS McCalla, USS McCall, and USS Craven arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [ | McCall | St. Louis | Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Comandante Cappellini detected an aircraft with Metox radar detector in the Atlantic Ocean at 0030 hours; she submerged to avoid detection. At 2020 hours, she made another Metox contact and again submerged. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 7 B-17 bombers of US 43rd Bomb Group attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0530 hours, sinking small cargo ship Tomiura Maru. The pilots reported 21 warships gathering in Simpson Harbor. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a Blenheim aircraft over Meiktila, Burma, his 13th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Meiktila | CPC]
France Philippines
  • S-36 departed Mariveles bay, Philippine Islands for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [S-36 | Mariveles, Bataan | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-51 departed Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. To the west, German submarine U-354 detected Allied convoy JW-51B; Admiral Erich Raeder ordered L├╝tzow, Admiral Hipper, and six destroyers to sortie from Altafjord, Norway to intercept. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1942
Wreckage of Italian hangars and aircraft, Castel Benito airfield outside Tripoli, Libya, late 1942Line crossing ceremony aboard light cruiser USS Montpelier, circa 30 Dec 1942; note SOC-1 aircraft in background

30 Dec 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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